India, Aug. 2 -- Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood has claimed that India were focussed on ODIs and Tests and that the team wasn't too interested in T20 cricket before the inaugural T20 World Cup. Mahmood, who last played for Pakistan in March of 2007, a few months before the World Cup in South Africa, reckons the win opened the gates for T20 cricket in India, eventually paving the way for the T20 phenomena, the IPL.

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"India were not keen [playing T20s] before the T20 World Cup. They were concentrating more on Test match cricket and one-day cricket. It was a massive boost for Indian cricket to win the T20 World Cup, which eventually led to th...